Rep. Lewis: ‘People Want To Gut The Voting Rights Act,’ ‘Take Us Back To Another Period’ [VIDEO]

Alex Griswold Media Reporter
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Appearing on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchel Reports” to discuss the recent film “Selma,” Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis said the film is still relevant because some people want to gut voting rights and “take us back to another period.”

LEWIS: I love the film. The film is so real. It is powerful. It made me cry to see what happened and how it happened. I think it would educate people that were too young to know what was going on, educate and inform people who were not even born. And it’s so timely.

MITCHELL: Timely because we are again debating voting rights legislation and the Supreme Court decision?

LEWIS: Well, there still too many people being denied the right to participate in a democratic process. It’s becoming harder and more difficult. People want to gut the Voting Rights Act and take us back to another period. The film has said, ‘We made progress, but we still have a distance to go.’

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